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Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors Aug. 8-12 will include ‘Hello Montgomery’ and ‘Understanding Energy Choice’

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 5, 2022

Senior Planet Montgomery, a technology training program designed for County learners 50 and older, is offering free online classes that focus on how to thrive at home. Classes, which are offered live via video conference, enhance a wide variety of life skills. Classes for Seniors Aug. 8-12 will include “Hello Montgomery” and “Understanding Energy Choice.”

In addition to classes in English, two classes will be taught in Spanish, and one class will be taught in Mandarin. A variety of exercise classes also will be offered.

During the winter and spring program quarters, more than 2,000 participants joined 235 virtual programs hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery. This summer, classes will cover how to use and host on Zoom, online basics, popular social media sites, lowering one’s utility bill, financial security, and civic engagement.

The program is supported by the County’s Department of Technology Services’ ultraMontgomery program in partnership with nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). The County’s Department of Recreation and Montgomery County Public Libraries also are partners in helping provide the classes at no charge to participants.

Sessions concentrate on user-friendly tools and resources and are designed to enable older adults to learn to utilize technologies to improve their daily lives. Senior Planet Montgomery utilizes curricula created by OATS, which also provides training staff and works with numerous County departments to identify topics of interest for Montgomery residents. OATS sponsors similar Senior Planet programming in six states. The County’s Department of Environmental Protection contributes to the program’s course offerings by producing sessions on how to lower energy costs.

Classes change on a weekly basis. A home internet connection and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer) are all that is required to participate.

Classes to be offered week of Aug. 8-12 will include:

  • Hello Montgomery: Thursday, Aug 11, 2-3 p.m. Join fellow Montgomery County residents for an hour of socializing.
  • Spotify: Thursday, Aug. 11, 4-5 p.m. In this lecture, learn about Spotify’s important features, including how to search for songs and create your own playlists.
  • Understanding Energy Choice: Friday, Aug. 12, noon-1 p.m. During this presentation, learn about energy choice as well as offer tips for identifying utility scams. We’ll also discuss ways to lower your bill without switching suppliers.

Class in Mandarin:

  • 點對點付款 8/10, 12 - 1 p.m. 自從 PayPal 在二十多年前首次亮相以來,端到端 (P2P) 的支付已經變得司空見慣。在本講座中,您將了解當今一些最流行的 P2P 支付服務,包括 PayPal、Venmo 和微信支付。我們將介紹這些服務的一些基本功能、比較它們的差異以及安全使用它們的技巧。

English Translation for Class in Mandarin:

  • P2P Payment Services: Wednesday, Aug. 10, noon-1 p.m. Since PayPal debuted over twenty years ago, person-to-person payments have become commonplace. In this lecture, you will learn about some of today’s most popular P2P payment services, including PayPal, Venmo and Cash App. We will cover some of the basic functions of these services, how they compare and offer tips for using them safely.

For more information about Senior Planet Montgomery and to view its virtual program offerings, visit. The team can be contacted at 240-753-0676 or via email at

To sign up for the Senior Planet Montgomery newsletter, which includes detailed information about upcoming classes, go to

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Release ID: 22-420
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915
Categories: Senior